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Benham Brothers: The Gay Rights ‘Agenda To Silence’ Now ‘Threatens Our Livelihood’

by David Badash on May 10, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,News,Religion

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David Benham and Jason Benham say there is a gay rights “agenda to silence” conservative Christians that’s at work in America — and they say they are suffering because of it. The embattled twins and business partners spoke live on the radio Friday for about 15 minutes with veteran LGBT activist and blogger Mike Rogers, sitting in for Ed Schultz on “The Ed Show,” and revealed they feel a torrent of persecution from what they see as “one small segment of culture,” namely, the LGBT community.

David Benham told Rogers, “when one of your beliefs forces you to be silent and gets pushed in a corner, then…”And Rogers shot back, “Who said you have to be silent?”

LOOK: Benham Brothers: Deny ‘Homosexual Community… Every Permit They Ask For’

“Oh no, we’re not being silent,” Benham insisted, contradicting himself. “The thing is that it’s the agenda that demands our silence so that we can keep our profession. See, this threatens our livelihood at this point — and that’s what’s happening, America sees it.”

“I believe that as a result of my stance on biblical values in terms of sex outside of marriage, that I no longer can have a livelihood on the HGTV network,” Benham added. “That’s the silencing of it all.”

“It’s an agenda to beat back anyone that would disagree with its opinions or its statements,” Benham complained.

“Well, that’s what we call the free market,” Rogers, who the Managing Director of The Raw Story, noted.

In fact, the Benhams are wrong on a wide variety of issues. The majority — almost 60 percent — of Americans support the right of same-sex couples to marry, and the Benhams in the interview refused to acknowledge or accept that statistic.

LOOK: Anti-Gay Benham Brothers On HGTV Cancellation: Anyone Who Says We Hate Gays Is ‘Lying’

The Benhams believe that only LGBT people, “one small segment of culture,” as they put it, were opposed to them being on HGTV. In fact, just as in the Brendan Eich/Mozilla controversy, the uproar came from a wide swath of “culture,” including many LGBT allies.

And there is no “agenda to silence.” In fact, the liberal and LGBT communities have worked hard to amplify the Benhams’ own words — the opposite of silencing — so America can know the facts of their beliefs. They have gotten more publicity and mentions in the past week than they ever had before.

The Benhams also, ironically, do not understand that for decades, when the majority of Americans did not support the LGBT community, there was — and still is — an actual “agenda to silence” LGBT people who merely are standing up for their civil rights.

The Moral Majority and the Christian Coalition are just two of the main organizations in the 1980s that waged an “agenda to silence” LGBT people. Today, their work continues through the efforts of the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, the National Organization For Marriage, Focus On The Family, and many other anti-gay and hate groups who work, often with falsehoods, to silence and denigrate supporters of equality.

The Benhams are experiencing what the conservative Christian right never has before: being in the minority. The difference is they are in the minority — not because of who they are, who they were born as, but — because their chosen, extremist views are offensive to the vast majority of Americans.


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labman57 May 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Perhaps you shouldn't base your livelihood on seeking attention for your propagation of homophobic bigotry.

Str8Grandmother May 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Now there is a thought, seems homo hating has gone out of fashion.

SeanLiberty13 May 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

What was that? I was distracted by the 29 states that have laws that make it legal to fire somebody for being LGBT or refuse to offer somebody a job because they are LGBT.

You know what else? I was also distracted by Anti-gay Inc. harassing, threatening, and bullying JC Penny demanding they fire Ellen Degeneres as their spokesmodel and The "Christian" psychopath in DC publicly stating that he is going to lead an army of "Christians" against whatever football team hires Michael Sam and any pro-sports team that hires an openly gay athlete. I can list so much more, enough to write a book really, but that should suffice.

Additionally, that is so rich coming from them considering they demanded the Charlotte City Council deny the LGBT community of Charlotte a permit to hold their own version of an LGBT Pride parade in 2004. That falls under the definition of silencing.

Oh wait, I'm forgetting that the religious-reich is allowed to do and say whatever they want to and about whomever they want, whenever they want, wherever the want, however they want but do any of it to them and you are "persecuting" them and "threatening" their livelihood. More do as I say, not as I do from the religious-reich hypochristians.

pwrblnc May 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

does the fact that I lost two jobs, during my career, when my employer found out that I was gay relate to this story. Well, if what they say is true "How does it feel"?

Str8Grandmother May 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm

However you were let go based on your status, it was status discrimination. Your sexual orientation status, which has nothing to do with your work abilities.

The Gay Hating Bros lost their gig because of their beliefs, not their status.

rainechief May 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

"I no longer can have a livelihood on the HGTV network"

I don't remember seeing that right enumerated in the Constitution anywhere. On the other hand, equal protection under the law *IS* in there.

musiclover703 May 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Thank you for pointing out the obvious–no one is constitutionally entitled to headline their own TV show! These whiny Christian crybabies are almost as entertaining as they are exasperating.

kjj1996 May 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm

i think that they quite wealthy anyway.

MikeMChgo May 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

What they mean is, "We got caught saying evil vile things about people who we know nothing about because we live in a holy bubble. You MUST feel sorry for us and get angry for us, because our hateful words have cost us our jobs."

rickinsd May 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm

The United States has moved forward toward greater justice in the last 30 years. Even the LGBT community has to be surprised by the rapid change in attitudes towards marriage equality. Fifty-four percent of Americans and even 61% of young Republicans (age 18-29) believe that gays and lesbians should be able to marry. The religious/political beliefs of the Benham brothers do not hold the same value in the marketplace of ideas that they would have held 30-40 years ago. Americans have moved on and the Benham brothers are leading a charge bravely forward into the past. Today, political and religious beliefs similar to theirs are still popular in places like Uganda, Brunei, Pakistan and Russia. But in the good ole U.S.A., they are in a small and shrinking minority. Halleluiah!

Str8Grandmother May 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

And may they continue to shrink daily.

stemke2010 May 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Forgive me if I don't care that these two guys have a case of the "sads" over being treated the way we have been treated for decades.

BeachJC May 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Oh BOO BLOODY HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BeachJC May 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm

No str8 dudes would pose the way these pussies do.

rickinsd May 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm

I'm not sure where you are heading with this comment. Are you saying that a lot of homophobes have closeted gay feelings themselves? If so, I get that. But it almost sounds like you are trying to demean them by implying they are gay or feminine. That might be heading in the wrong direction.

BeachJC May 10, 2014 at 8:58 pm


James_M_Martin May 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm

These guys must think we are all Tea Potty idiots. The first time I heard one of the brothers use the word "agenda" I knew they were speaking in code to red state fundamentalist Christians. When pressed by a CNN anchor for a definition of "agenda" they prevaricated and dissembled. They would not give the woman a straight answer. They are typical Buy Bull pounding ideologues for fundamentalist theology. I am proud of HDTV for telling them, in effect, "Sorry, you are not for us." This is not a violation of anyone's freedom, either of religion or speech. To blame it on the sexual minorities is Nazism. It once was Jews, now it is lgbtq people.

jeffsf1234 May 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Do you know how many times I have to keep my mouth shut when I am at work? When I am getting paid to do a job I do not have the option to spout off on any topic I chose. It seems evangelical Christians think they have a special right. Gentleman…you screwed up. Take your punishment and stop trying to be a martyr.

dauphinjo May 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I'm tired of anti-gay folks claiming they just have 'an opposing view' regarding homosexuality. The LGBT community and their allies are seeking equality under the law. So the only so-called opposing view would be inequality and the US Constitution has made it perfectly clear that inequality is anti-American, unacceptable and illegal. So it's settled then, you live in the US-you abide by it's laws, otherwise there a lot of other countries where your views might be more acceptable. Russia and Uganda come to mind.

LOrion May 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I SHOULD HOPE THE FUCK SO! … signed an over 60 straight mom.

ebloode May 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Boys, are you really going to claim that losing this show is going to cost you your livelihood? It seems a little much. Sure, you won't get to showcase things on television. Big deal. You must have had a pretty successful business in order for you to even be up for the offer. If you are going to go this overboard, at least realize that no one is going to listen to your bullshit. You two are adult men. Please stop acting like infants.

rmthunter May 12, 2014 at 6:06 am

That touches on something I've come to realize about the whole anti-gay right: they display all the emotional maturity of a two-year-old who's having to deal with the fact that he is not the center of the universe and not doing a good job of it.

I'm afraid my only response to the Benhams is "Grow up and get over yourselves."

Bose_in_SP_MN May 12, 2014 at 12:33 am

There's a simple opportunity for business people who find themselves garnering this kind of attention: Admit they live in an intentionally pluralistic country in which it is bad and wrong for the state to give advantages to people with certain sincerely-held beliefs at the expense of people with other, equally sincerely-held, beliefs. They can believe as they do as it affects themselves and their families, attend the church of their choice, teach their kids that being gay is bad, and stay clear of neighborhood picnics to avoid the LGBTs next door… and yet stick to the 14th Amendment related to public policy.

NelsonJRobison May 12, 2014 at 1:08 am

The 14th Amendment applies to all in this nation, or it applies to none. We live in a time when the reality of equality is being learned and felt by all people and sectors of the nation. Equality is not for a few, like it was when the Constitution was written, we are moving on, evolving as a nation. But the Far Right, entrenched in the medieval doctrinal theology, and their intransigent refusal to change their minds, have steadfastly refused to acknowledge that American society does not believe nor do they want to acknowledge the fact that their bigotry is based on an outdated and outmoded holey book called the buybull. We can and must stand against the kind of intolerance and bigotry that fundamentalist religion is based on. That stands for all religions that have a bias against anyone who is different or dissents from the prevailing opinion of that religion.

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